Tag Archives: William Alfred Ralston

William A. Ralston’s Obituary

28 Aug



Ralston Family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1 Jan

Here is my grandfather, Ivan Ralston, on the 1925 Iowa State Census, living with his mother and father and siblings.



If you Google the address: 312 E Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids you can still see the house.

In 1923, the family was living at 1633 N 8th. Ivan was working at Williams & Hunting and William at the C R I & P.

The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was a Class 1 railroad.

In 1926, Ivan is still working at Williams & Hunting. His father William is working at Edinger Company according to the Directory below:


Williams & Hunting Co., Manufacturers of Sash & Doors, Mouldings, Stair Work, Church, Bank, Office, and Store Fixtures, and Jobbers of Art, Plate, & Window Glass, Building Paper, Etc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

williams and hunting


The Edinger Company was a cut stone contractor in Cedar Rapids.

In 1929, Ivan is married now to my grandmother Marjorie and they are living at 817 Division Street. He is still at Williams & Hunting and she is bookkeeping at the Fleischmann Company. William is still at Edinger’s but living at 424 N 5th Avenue.

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William Alfred Ralston Family Photos

30 May

Cousin Karen was kind enough to send me some photos of my great-grandparents William A and Nellie Mae Ralston. Much thanks to Karen!

Top Photo: William A. Ralston, daughter Gladys, son Harold and wife, Nellie Mae.

Bottom Photos: Left ~ Nellie Mae Ralston  Right ~ William Alfred Ralston, Richard A. Ralston (my father) and Nellie Mae Ralston

Nellie Mae Eastman Ralston:

Nellie Mae Ralston

This photo was found recently by my family. Richard Arlen Ralston born Jan 8, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Richard Arlen Ralston

From Richard’s baby book as written by his mother, Marjorie Butler Ralston and found recently in my family’s possession:

Richard A. Ralston Baby Book






William A & Nellie Mae Ralston’s Death Certificates

9 Nov

Nellie Mae Ralston died 16 JAN 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Lester Eastman and Charity Welch.

William Alfred Ralston died 9 DEC 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the son of Millen Ralston and Eliza Sinkey. Millen and Eliza had gone to Jackson County, Iowa from Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1850. Ralston male DNA has shown Cherokee Indian markers and Sinkey male DNA has shown Shawnee Indian markers. I do believe that Millen’s mother was mixed-blood Cherokee from her father. Someday, if we find out who Millen’s maternal grandparents were and find a direct male descendant from that line, we may know for sure.

Wm A Ralston & Nellie Mae Eastman Marriage License

9 Nov

William Alfred Ralston and Nellie Mae Eastman were married 23 OCT 1898 in Jackson County, Iowa. They had met at the dances at the Maquoketa Caves. They are my great-grandparents through their son, Ivan W. Ralston.

William A Ralston Family Items

9 Nov




Donald P. Ralston’s obituary as saved by my father. My grandfather Ivan was still alive when Donald passed away. Unfortunately, my father did not save the entire obituary.

Below is a copy of records from Shiloh Cemetery in Monroe Township, Linn County, Iowa on the Ralston family.


Ivan W. Ralston was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The photographs were sent to me a couple of decades ago by Al Ralston, Ivan’s nephew.

William A. Ralston WW1 Draft Card

6 Apr

William A. Ralston was the father of Ivan, Milton, Harold, Donald and Gladys. He was born 09 NOV 1874 ( according to some sources, his draft card states 1877) in Jackson County, Iowa. He listed himself as 1/4 American Indian on the 1910 US Census. His parents were Millen Ralston and Eliza Sinkey.